Know Your Thyroid:
The Gaspar’s Best Guide to Thyroid Function and Supplements
Thyroid conditions, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid cancer, are common. For example, up to 7% of the U.S. population has hypothyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones.
Your thyroid has an important job to do within your body — releasing and controlling thyroid hormones that control metabolism. Metabolism is a process where the food you take into your body is transformed into energy. This energy is used throughout your entire body to keep many of your body’s systems working correctly. Think of your metabolism as a generator. It takes in raw energy and uses it to power something bigger.
Depending on the type of disease, thyroid conditions are typically treated with medications like thyroid hormone replacement, surgery, and other procedures, such as radiation therapy for thyroid cancer.
Symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can include:
- Experiencing anxiety, irritability and nervousness.
- Having trouble sleeping.
- Losing weight.
- Having an enlarged thyroid gland or a goiter.
- Having muscle weakness and tremors.
- Experiencing irregular menstrual periods or having your menstrual cycle stop.
- Feeling sensitive to heat.
- Having vision problems or eye irritation.
Symptoms of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can include:
- Feeling tired (fatigue).
- Gaining weight.
- Experiencing forgetfulness.
- Having frequent and heavy menstrual periods.
- Having dry and coarse hair.
- Having a hoarse voice.
- Experiencing an intolerance to cold temperatures.
If you are experiencing any of the above, you will likely want to make some diet and lifestyle changes ASAP! For example, make sure to get your vegetables, limit sugar, and get enough sleep. We have also provided a handy guide to supplements that can help support thyroid health below. As always, however, speak with your doctor before taking new supplements or if you suspect that you may have serious health issues.
In addition to conventional treatments for thyroid conditions, research shows that dietary interventions, including supplements, may help treat certain thyroid diseases. However, certain supplements may do more harm than good when it comes to thyroid health. Read on for some of our most recommended supplements for healthy thyroid function.
Seaweed (kelp) is rich in vitamins, including B-12, and minerals, especially iodine. Iodine is a structural component of the hormones thyroxin and triiodothyronine. These hormones control metabolism throughout the body. Order from our online store today.
Ortho Molecular Reacted Zinc
The mineral zinc is required for thyroid hormone production. An optimal concentration of zinc is needed for healthy levels of T3, T4, and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Order from our online store today.
Iron (as Amino Acid Chelate & Gluconate)
The thyroid needs iron to convert T4 into T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. Iron deficiency is associated with thyroid dysfunction. Order from our online store today.
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